Priority processing arrangements

Most General Skilled Migration (GSM) visa applications are subject to a Ministerial Direction which determines the priority in which they are considered.
See: Fact Sheet 24a – Priority Processing for Skilled Migration Visas

Under the Direction allocation of applications to a case officer for processing is done based on the priority of an application according to the Direction.

Each week within the two GSM processing centres (Adelaide and Brisbane) the highest priority applications on hand are allocated before the next highest until sufficient applications are allocated to deliver the GSM component of the 2011-12 Migration Program.
See: Migration Program Statistics

Each week around 1000 priority affected cases are allocated to case officers. These allocations are currently made up of all available applications from Priority Group 1 and 3, with the balance being Priority Group 4 cases. There are no GSM visa subclasses in Priority Group 2.

As of 18 November 2011 there are around 751 applications lodged in Australia and 5544 applications lodged from outside Australia Priority Group 4 cases awaiting allocation. Since 1 July 2011, approximately 1481 applications lodged in Australia and 2702 applications lodged from outside Australia Priority Group 4 cases have been received, with some of the applications from in Australia having been allocated to case officers.

Commencement of processing of Priority Group 5 applications

Based on the number of applications on hand and anticipated application rates for Priority Groups 1 and 3, the department expects to commence allocating some Priority Group 5 applications this program year.

There are currently approximately 27 347 applications lodged from in Australia and 15 284 applications lodged from outside Australia Priority Group 5 cases awaiting allocation.

How processing will occur

Processing of Priority Group 5 applications lodged in Australia will begin with the remaining applications in the visa subclasses in effect prior to September 2007, the oldest of which was lodged on 28 July 2005. There are approximately 756 cases in this group.

Processing of Priority Group 5 applications lodged outside Australia will begin with applications in visa subclasses 495 and 496, which were lodged prior to 1 September 2007, the oldest of which was lodged on 10 July 2006. Unlike other GSM visa applications lodged from outside Australia, prior to 1 September 2007, these applications were not effected by the Minister's Cap and Cease arrangements. There are approximately 594 cases in this group.

The number of Priority Group 5 applications processed this program year will ultimately depend on the number of higher priority applications received, and other factors including any change in the size of the Migration Program or variation of the Processing Direction. Many Priority Group 5 applicants still face a considerable wait until their application is allocated to a case officer for processing and may want to consider other options available.
See: Fact Sheet 24a – Priority Processing for Skilled Migration Visas

Applicants can follow the progress of allocating GSM visa applications through the website.
See: Allocation Dates for General Skilled Migration Applications

 

For Details, please click the link below:

http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/gsm-priority5-processing.htm

 

Source: www.immi.gov.au

 

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